“Can’t Turn Back The Years” by Phil Collins (1993)/JOE (2001)

1993′s Both Sides marked the end of America’s fascination with Phil Collins as anything other than a marker of the ‘80s. It was the first of his albums to not go multi-platinum or spawn a top twenty pop hit. Both Sides also was Phil’s second divorce album, with the first being 1981′s Face Value. Perhaps America… Read More “Can’t Turn Back The Years” by Phil Collins (1993)/JOE (2001)

“Big Ole Words (Damn)” by Cee Lo Green (2002)

Before Cee Lo Green’s career fell into the toilet thanks to a sexual assault charge and a wacky Twitter defense, he was a respected pop/R&B singer. Before Cee Lo Green was a respected pop/R&B singer, he was a respected singer/MC, arguably the best rapping singer/singer rapper not named Lauryn Hill. Cee Lo’s ATL homeboy Andre… Read More “Big Ole Words (Damn)” by Cee Lo Green (2002)

“Between Me, You & Liberation” by Common (2002)

Common’s 2002 album Electric Circus was met with a lot of scratched heads upon release. The Chicago MC had already engineered a stylistic shift from prototypical boom-bap to full-on neo-soul, and broke through commercially with 1999′s Like Water For Chocolate. Even with that genre detour though,  Electric Circus was on some other shit. It was… Read More “Between Me, You & Liberation” by Common (2002)

“Be Mine” by David Gray (2002)/”Be Mine!” by Robyn (2005)

Two songs, same title, very different sentiments. David Gray’s “Be Mine” finds the Welsh troubadour falling rapturously in love (or at least becoming seriously infatuated). The soundscape is dreamy, with twinkling keyboards that call to mind shooting stars. Gray’s soul-influenced croon is particularly impassioned, and it’s clear that he’s either high off of longing or… Read More “Be Mine” by David Gray (2002)/”Be Mine!” by Robyn (2005)